For the past 31 years, City Parks has given us SummerStage, which, beginning in June, is a summer’s worth of free music, dance, and film presented in parks throughout the entire city. That’s a lot of programming, oofta. Luckily, we are not in charge of that end of it, and just get to reap the benefits of other people’s work by taking in a ton of culture, for free, outside, while it’s warm and gorgeous in New York City.
This year, SummerStage is presenting an exceptional amount of Jazz musicians, in honor of that musical genre’s centennial; a good majority of the Jazz programming will happen at Central Park. Meanwhile, SummerStage Brooklyn hosts 23 show dates of multi-genre, high-end performances in four parks across Kings County. Highlights include Chairlift, Public Enemy, and Lisa Simone Kelly. On the Jazz-themed bill, you can check out trumpeters Theo Croker and Maurice Mobetta Brown, guitarist Marcus Machado, and Grammy winning vocalist, Kendra Foster. See the complete city-wide lineup here, and our Brooklyn entertainment below!
June 14: Chairlift
June 15: Just Blaze and Friends
June 16: Blonde Redhead
June 17: Liza Jessie Peterson/LuQuantumleap
June 18: Dance on the Lawn
June 19: DJ Rich Medina / RAAA / Urban Word & Hi-Arts / Journal to Journey / Ziearre
June 20: Screening: In My Father’s House with Q&A
June 21: Public Enemy / DJ Tedsmooth
June 22: Angie Stone / DJ Chuck Chillout
June 23: Duck Down BBQ
June 24: Poets Cafe: Mahogany Browne’s Redbone and rege gaines’ The Last Celebrity
June 24: Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series: Angel Blue, Ben Bliss, Alexey Lavrov, and Dan Saunders
June 26: Christian Cultural Center C3 Choir / Mr. Reed / DJ Styff in association with ARTs East New York Inc.
June 26: Queen Nanny: Legendary Maroon Chieftainess
June 27: Felix Hernandez’s Rhythm Revue / Screening: 20 Feet From Stardom
June 28: Lisa Simone / Screening: What Happened Miss Simone
June 29: Soul in the Horn featuring Theo Croker, Maurice Mobetta Brown, Marcus Machado / Kendra Foster / DJ Natasha Diggs. Hosted by DProsper
June 30: Vivian Green / GrandWizzard Theodore
July 1: Maimouna Keita Dance Company
July 2: Everyday People
July 3: Trouble Funk / Operator Emz